Leonard (song)

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Single by Merle Haggard
from the album Back to the Barrooms
B-side "Our Paths May Never Cross"
Released February 14, 1981
Genre Country
Length 3:38
Label MCA
Songwriter(s) Merle Haggard
Producer(s) Jimmy Bowen
Merle Haggard singles chronology
"I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink"
"Rainbow Stew"

"Leonard" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Merle Haggard. The song is a tribute to songwriter Tommy Collins. It was released in February 1981 as the third single from the album Back to the Barrooms. The song reached number 9 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[1]

Tommy Collins birth name, Leonard Raymond Sipes, was the source of the song's title and like Haggard, was also songwriter with Oklahoma roots. He wrote"Carolyn" and "The Roots of My Raising" for Haggard. [2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 9
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 7


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 148. 
  2. ^ <http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=18649
  3. ^ "Merle Haggard – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Merle Haggard.